Psychoanalytic Treatment of Couples (2013)
MPI/ATAPP Joint Course
Glenn E. Good, Ph.D.
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3
7.5 CME and CE Credit Hours
Practice Gap/Need and Course Description:
Dysfunctional, repeated behavior in marriage is often a misguided attempt at intimacy and growth. Couples use each other to unconsciously dramatize unresolved childhood experiences in attempts to bring them to light and resolve them. When these efforts become stuck, repetitive and painful, they can destroy a marriage. If they can be brought to light in marital therapy, they can become part of a more playful, creative relationship. This seminar will begin with an overview of how an understanding of the therapy relationship can be applied to the treatment of couples. The seminar will cover the diagnosis of relationship problems; basic concepts in differentiating relationship pathology from individual pathology; and basic issues in determining the treatment of choice between individual or conjoint approaches to treatment. Using clinical material, the seminar will demonstrate how to conduct a diagnostic evaluation and how to structure a couple’s treatment.
This course will introduce participants to the basic concepts of diagnosis and treatment of marital problems.
At the conclusion of the course the students will be familiar with the following knowledge:
1. Basic concepts in differentiating relationship pathology from individual pathology.
2. Basic issues in determining the treatment of choice among system or individual approaches to treatment.
3. Basic concepts of psychoanalytic approaches to the treatments of couples.
4. Basic concepts in conducting a couple’s evaluation.
5. Basic concepts in structuring a couple’s treatment.